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Alleged iPhone 5 USB Cable Confirms Miniature Port

By - Source: Geeky-Gadgets | B 40 comments

Leaked photo shows Apple's next generation USB cable?

With the iPhone 5 pre-orders opening up in a matter of weeks, another leak may confirm previous rumors regarding a smaller, miniature dock connector. Unless there is some sort of elaborate conspiracy going on between third party accessory makers, it's probably safe to say the new iPhone is coming with a smaller dock connector and a whole new set of accessories.

An alleged next-generation Apple USB connector cable appeared in a leaked photo yesterday. With rumors of a similarly shaped 16-pin port for the new iPhone, iPad and iPad mini, we may be looking at the future of Apple's unique USB cables. Since the cable appears to be longer than standard Apple cables, some have suggested this cable may be a third-party creation based on Apple's plans.

The connector on the cable definitely matches up with earlier leaked photos, detailing two sides with 8 pins each. While the exact benefits of the smaller connector are still unknown, some speculate it will clip into devices with a looser connection, presumably similar to the MagSafe connectors currently used in the company's MacBooks.

 

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    Anonymous , August 24, 2012 3:09 AM
    I can't believe Apple continues to use these proprietary ports for their iDevices instead of moving to standards like microUSB. Is the concept of charging royalties for every iPhone accessory so appealing that they'd sacrifice consumer convenience for it? Kinda goes against their purported philosophy of making everything easy to use for the end-user.
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    jdog2pt0 , August 24, 2012 3:27 AM
    Yay :D  More proprietary bullshit from Apple!

    Apple, contributing to the electronics industry since....uh....hm.....never.
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    freggo , August 24, 2012 3:35 AM
    idroidApple changing their connector is almost as stupid as Microsoft eliminating the start button,


    Changing the connector is expensive to the consumer as you have to buy new cables; or even new accessories. The missing Start button (dumb move) is just an inconvenience that some 3rd party will most likely fix with some -free- utility.

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    Anonymous , August 24, 2012 3:09 AM
    I can't believe Apple continues to use these proprietary ports for their iDevices instead of moving to standards like microUSB. Is the concept of charging royalties for every iPhone accessory so appealing that they'd sacrifice consumer convenience for it? Kinda goes against their purported philosophy of making everything easy to use for the end-user.
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    idroid , August 24, 2012 3:14 AM
    Apple changing their connector is almost as stupid as Microsoft eliminating the start button,
  • 22 Hide
    jdog2pt0 , August 24, 2012 3:27 AM
    Yay :D  More proprietary bullshit from Apple!

    Apple, contributing to the electronics industry since....uh....hm.....never.
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    freggo , August 24, 2012 3:35 AM
    idroidApple changing their connector is almost as stupid as Microsoft eliminating the start button,


    Changing the connector is expensive to the consumer as you have to buy new cables; or even new accessories. The missing Start button (dumb move) is just an inconvenience that some 3rd party will most likely fix with some -free- utility.

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    aicom , August 24, 2012 3:37 AM
    Apple won't switch to microUSB because the dock connector does more than just connect to a PC and charge the device. It also acts as an audio and video output which other devices use a mini-HDMI port for instead of a single connector for both. Apple really likes the idea of having just one port and there's no standard that would allow them to do all they want to do so they roll their own. I'd personally prefer 2 ports but ultimately it's their choice.
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    tomfreak , August 24, 2012 3:38 AM
    mini usb + mini HDMI > any shit dock connector.
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    nocteratus , August 24, 2012 3:51 AM
    If I have to change all my accessories with new ones, I better go with something else than apple/iphone 5 like samsung SGIII...
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    billgatez , August 24, 2012 4:01 AM
    Change connector make millions of people buying new chargers radios and adapters for there cars. There is enough room for the old connector but apple greedy so they changed it.
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    Kamab , August 24, 2012 4:21 AM
    "While the exact benefits of the smaller connector are still unknown"

    The benefits are the millions it will make apple in licensing fees. The old connected was thin enough to not impact form factor decisions (though a smaller connector could help a *little"
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    eternalkp , August 24, 2012 4:23 AM
    this is so stupid.
    this new connection is retarded
    how about the fact that numerous devices such as speakers, vehicle connection cannot be used because of this port...what is apple thinking
    is this the best apple could come up with as a new idea?
    my iphone 4 will be my last apple product i will ever own
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    Kamab , August 24, 2012 4:23 AM
    aicomApple won't switch to microUSB because the dock connector does more than just connect to a PC and charge the device. It also acts as an audio and video output which other devices use a mini-HDMI port for instead of a single connector for both. Apple really likes the idea of having just one port and there's no standard that would allow them to do all they want to do so they roll their own. I'd personally prefer 2 ports but ultimately it's their choice.


    There's no reason you can't stream video and music over USB. Though maybe not high def video.
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    aicom , August 24, 2012 4:27 AM
    KamabThere's no reason you can't stream video and music over USB. Though maybe not high def video.


    Video has proven pretty difficult to stream due to the massive amount of bandwidth required. That's why Thunderbolt has a dedicated channel for video.
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    yobobjm , August 24, 2012 4:51 AM
    Wait, I'm no expert here since I haven't had an iphone for a while, but doesn't that mean you have to throw out all your old docks and stuff? That kinda sucks.
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    xenobreak , August 24, 2012 4:54 AM
    MelchiorKinda goes against their purported philosophy of making everything easy to use for the end-user.


    It does seem silly but i think it sort of makes sense... if you go into the store (or online) to purchase an accessory for your Android phone you have like 10 brands for each item all with different designs and specifications. If you don't know exactly what you are looking for it could get confusing. Apple on the other hand, while they do have third party brands that make stuff, mostly sells their own stuff. Its much easier to just go in and grab the correct accessory if you can just get the Apple branded item. That way you know it's the right thing and it will work. More expensive though >.
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    bryonhowley , August 24, 2012 5:10 AM
    freggoChanging the connector is expensive to the consumer as you have to buy new cables; or even new accessories. The missing Start button (smart move) is not an inconvenience that some 3rd party will most likely try to fuck it up by some -free- piece of shit utility. With any luck Microsoft will be able to block any app like that from even installing.
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    jdog2pt0 , August 24, 2012 5:56 AM
    ^ Don't believe bryon's bullshit edit of freggo's comment.
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    mharry860 , August 24, 2012 6:00 AM
    I don't understand how they get away with this in the EU. Didn't they pass a law requiring standard USB connections?
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    saturnus , August 24, 2012 6:36 AM
    Relax gentlemen and look closely at all the leaked pictures.

    Doesn't the connector and socket on the leaked look familiar? It's no accident. Compare them to the connector on the back of Apple TV2.

    Yup. That's right. It is indeed a MicroUSB type B connector. It just have added connectors on the outside of the plug but any MicroUSB type B charger can be used to recharge the "new line" of Apple products.

    It has been an absolute necessity for Apple to make this switch before 31/12-2012 when their dispensation to sell mobile devices with proprietary charging connector runs out in the EU.
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    saturnus , August 24, 2012 7:17 AM
    To add to the above. Given the white molding it could also be a micro-USB type A connector normally reserved for upstream devices. This would make sense giving the dock connector context, and that it appears to have 7 connectors on the outside of the plug, on both sides. Giving a total of 19 pins when including the 5 pins for the micro-USB connection.

    It hardly matters if it's one or the other though as the "new line" of Apple products has a microUSB type AB receptable and thus accepts both types so as to being in accordance with the EU standards.
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    halcyon , August 24, 2012 10:24 AM
    I think its asinine to believe that Apple should keep the same 30-pin connector forever. Technology moves forward. I'm glad to see Apple continuing to move forward...even if I can't afford to get all their latest toys.
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